Small mango producers from all over the world
The mango is India’s national fruit. It represents prosperity, abundance, and wealth. History tells us the mango was first grown in India over 4,000 years ago, and It was introduced to east Asia around 400-500 BCE. In the 15th century the mango made its way to the Philippines, and in the 16th century arrived to Africa and Brazil by Portuguese explorers (source: Wikipedia). India, China, Thailand, and Mexico are the top four mango producing countries in the world. Nowadays mango is cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical climates. We can also find them in the United States, Spain (Canary Islands and Malaga), and in Italy (Sicily).
It’s hard to say how many mango varieties there are. Worldwide we can find hundreds of mango cultivars. Amrapali, Anderson, Ataulfo, Keitt, Osteen, and Irvin are just a few examples of this diverse fruit family. In some cases, mango trees are cultivated together to improve cross-pollination.
Mango fruit nutrition facts
Mango is a low-calorie fruit that is high in fibre and is a great source of vitamin A and C. It also contains folate, an important vitamin for red blood cell formation and healthy cell growth and function. Mangos are also rich in vitamin B6, which is important for optimal health and may even help prevent and treat chronic diseases. Iron and a little calcium, zinc, and vitamin E are also present in this tropical fruit.
The humble mango is also high in antioxidants, which are crucial to our health, as they protect cells against free radical damage (source: healthline.com).
Mango fruit in the kitchen
Delicious, full of nutrients, and so versatile in the kitchen, you can’t go wrong by adding mangos to some of your favourite recipes. Get creative and look to those with experience for guidance. Indian cuisine gives us great examples of how to seamlessly incorporate this fruit into savoury recipes. We can learn a lot from them! In India you can find mangos in everything from seafood salads to chicken curry, raw and fresh right off the tree or slightly spiced to kick up dish flavors.
The mango’s natural creaminess and sweetness are perfect for cocktail combinations. And dessert recipes are endless.
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